[Storm Season is Here]
Storm devastation is unpredictable and whether it’s from heavy rains, high winds or hail our roofs are left with a short warning. Repairs following the destruction can be costly but luckily preventable.
In addition to the immediate precautions shared by your local authorities, we have compiled a set of pointers that will have you and your property ready for any disastrous natural event.
Know your roof, and what to look for to ready it for the disturbance. Your roof just like any system is composed of various elements working together to provide you with the protection and comfort your family needs.
Knowing your roof can begin by checking your attic and ceiling. In your ceiling, if you see any water stains, this could mean there is already a leak in your roof! Don’t let this worsen as this will only slow down the storm readiness process. When checking these water stains, you noticed the stains are fresh, if they are the damage can be from a pipe; however, if the water appears dirty, the casualty is coming from your roof. Now will now be a good time to inspect your attic then if there is also any daylight coming through roof boards; it is time to have it checked by a professional.
When walking the roof, you or your inspector notice a spongy feel and or trampoline bounce this means the underlayment decking is weakened from moisture. Roof underlayment is a water-resistant material directly installed onto your roof deck; it is the extra layer of protection that shingles alone can’t match.
Shingles are what sits on top of the underlayment and form the barrier against any harmful precipitation. Ensure they are properly nailed down and none are broken, cracked, curled or losing granules as this may mean they are past their life expectancy or are defective. Shingles with any of the mentioned signs are now susceptible to unwanted water damage inside and outside your property.
Checking your gutters will also help you determine the state of your shingles as the granules often clog them. Drain spouts and gutters are designed to direct the water away from your property to minimize wear and tear on the roof and to minimize the chances of pervasive water damage. Clogged gutters can also break away from the roof and drag pieces of the roof with it.
Flashings, metal or plastic waterproof liners are designed to divert water. Assure they are not cracked or damaged as this will not allow them to deviate precipitation away from your roof correctly.
If you spot any of the mentioned or you’re unsure if any other known damages pose an immediate threat, it’s time for a roof assessment and have one of our professionals assist you in determining the next plan-of-action to counter any further damage precisely during these times.
To avoid dealing with all or some of these problems maintain your property. Most roofs have a span of 25-30 years, and although you may only be thinking of preparing for the next storm during these times, you should also keep in mind that normal weather also deteriorates your roof as it is exposed to direct sunlight.
These tips are all things that are completed in anticipation. However, it is also essential to know that during the storm keeping all doors and windows closed is a must as the air pressure inside your house can rise leading it to potentially lift your roof upward and leave you in the worst scenario that you were in, to begin with.